"One of the best improvising cellists in the UK" The JazzMann

      New Album


9 improvised dialogues with James Arben on tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet

released on FMR records

'..as a cellist-composer she morphs seamlessly from Stephane Grappelli like swing and Bird-like bebop...

a charming kaleidoscope and jazzy showcase of her global folk music-inspired compositions'


' a superb set -  a sound world that is at once rooted in the ancient and traditional  musics that it draws from in an utterly contemporary manner that also incorporates modern jazz. 

This is an exceptionally strong leadership debut from a lady that I'm sure we are destined to hear much more from.' Jazzviews

'..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time.'

Kind of Jazz

'Smarts playing is particularly remarkable..'


'Fascinating listening, and thought-provoking entertainment for the open-eared"

The Arts Desk

Upcoming Dates

19th September

Shirley Smart Trio

Vortex Jazz Club



 More dates

             Long Story Short

'Long Story Short' is my debut album out now on 33 Jazz records.

Sunsets - a Lockdown Video

        Via Maris CD

           out now 


  Two Rivers Records

"..a fascinating melting pot of musical influences.." 

World Music Central

Between You and Me - Melange
00:00 / 00:00
Longa Sakiz - Melange
00:00 / 00:00

                             Beyond Cello

Workshop course to develop improvisation and creative skills

More info and register your interest here


Dates for 2020/21 coming soon!

 Listen to podcast about Beyond Cello at Kings Place here

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